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Guitar Festival and Competition Finds Home in Bloomington

"I haven't met a whole lot of people who have really listened to classical guitar music and not fallen in love with it."

IU Guitar Fest

Photo: Brian Reed

Guitarists from across the U.S. will compete at this weekend's 1st Annual Guitar Festival and Competition

Event Information

Indiana Guitar Festival and Competition

A competition and festival, open to the public, free of charge.


Jacobs School of Music

March 27th - 28th

free

Jacobs School of Music

Bloomington Classical Guitar Society

Guitar Foundation of America

The Jacobs School of Music, in association with the Bloomington Classical Guitar Society, presents the first annual Indiana Guitar Festival and Competition.

Doctoral Student Errol Ozsever and Adjunct Lecturer Petar Jankovic are co-directors of the inaugural event, with artistic director and IU Professor of Guitar, Ernesto Bitetti.

A New Tradition

The festival stemmed from a desire to showcase the IU Guitar Department during its twentieth year.  This is the first time in the history of the department that such an event has been undertaken.

Jankovic predicts a pool of 15 to 30 participants on the level of international performers. “And of course we’ll have guests,” he adds. “We’ll have several concerts on that weekend. It’s an opportunity for the competitors to get to know Bloomington and the School of Music.”

The rounds are free programs, each with a time limit, meaning that competitors have the opportunity to chose what they want to play. Some competitions require a specific repertoire or selections to be played, but according to Jankovic, “having a free program enables them to come with the best of what they can play.”

A Rare Opportunity

For Ozsever, the festival is a great way to expose people to the world of classical guitar. “I haven’t met a whole lot of people who have really listened to classical guitar music and not fallen in love with it.”

The entire competition and festival is open to the public, free of charge.

David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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